- ONE WOMAN ON A MISSION TO DISCOVER & EXPERIENCE ALL THINGS LOS ANGELES
Filed In: FASHION
If there’s one trend certainly brightening up any typical grey winter hues, it’s the abundance of striped rainbow sweaters. I’m seeing them EVERYWHERE right now – from Instagram to stores, right on the streets of Los Angeles. I’m not typically one for bright colors – maybe in moderation – but I am loving this fun “youthful” look.
Have you ever wanted to make your own clothes… kind of… but not really? Like, you love the idea of customizing your clothes but you’re sure as shit not about to actually make any yourself – OR pay the premium to have it made for you. Those of us who are fashion obsessed enough have definitely had dreams of tweaking things here and there to satisfy our particular and personal fashion standards. I’ve definitely had moments where I’ve thought, “god, this would be so much cuter if it had different sleeves”, or “why are the pockets here instead of there”. Or even worse, “why are there no pockets?” Well fortunately friends, its 2018 and we have Frilly.
True Life: I’m addicted to buying faux fur coats. I know. You’re like, “Caroline, you live in Los Angeles. It’s 72 degrees today and it’s January 5th.” Trust me, I have the same internal conversation with myself every time I find a new coat, but I cant help it! A part of me thinks it’s because they’re such a novelty. A part of me also thinks, wow, they’re all so inexplicably affordable. And another part of me is just like DAMN they come in fun colors and they’re so ridiculously fun to constantly pet. It’s only weird if you think it is. Whatever the root of my obsession may be, I have obviously become quite the faux fur collector and connoisseur, so I’m sharing with you my 5 favorite coats out there right now that are, faux, fabulous, fun, and most importantly – way affordable.
JUST THREE MORE SLEEPS ‘TILL CHRISTMAS!!! Yay! And just TWO sleeps until I’m 29. Ugh. Kidding, kind of. I absolutely love the holidays. My house looks like a Christmas explosion (in a good way), I’m guiltlessly eating cookies, putting fuzzy socks and cozy robes on, and I am incessantly rocking my absolute favorite color – red. Red is hands down my “spirit color”, and if there were ever a time to wear an all red ensemble, it’d definitely be during the holidays. I’ve been wearing this suit for a few months in actuality, but it seems so incredibly fitting for this time of year.
I don’t always wear floral prints… but when I do! They look a little somethin’ like this. For me the issue I have with some floral prints is that they start to border on “children’s section” vs “I’m a classy broad and I like flowers.” But when you find the right print, on the right dress, at the right time of year – magic. There’s a few brands out there who are always hitting these prints out of the park no matter what time of year it is, namely Reformation, but right now Zara has been hot on the trend this season as well.
We all have those holiday dresses we’re dying to wear more than once right? Mostly because we spent a small fortune to sparkle, but we don’t want to sparkle for just one night do we? We want to sparkle at LEAST two more times, minimum. Velvet is an absolute favorite fabric of mine for Fall and Winter, and red, despite being my go-to holiday color, is also just simply my favorite color. Red – let alone red velvet – is quite the statement maker, but I’m a firm believer that both aspects are more versatile than they let on.
All I want right now is to wear a sweater or a coat, and I’m finding it a tad difficult with our current weather report. It’s been such a tease seeing girls in NYC bundled up in their fabulous coats and sweaters or watching commercials of people playing in the snow or experiencing Fall. Meanwhile back in LA, we’re all just stuck in a scene straight out of Groundhogs Day with no real hope of cooler weather. I know, poor us, but still! We like seasons too ya know!
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been somewhat forcing Fall a bit with my wardrobe. And I’ve found that the easiest way to do that is to find the lightweight versions of all Fall necessities and style them accordingly. I love sweaters with shorts, or dusters with dresses., so on and so forth. But one of my favorite pieces right now is this super lightweight *but looks heavy duty* heather grey coat I got from Soksen Studios. This coat single handedly inspired me to even put a coat on in Los Angeles right now, and it has turned out to be a great wardrobe staple.
One of the most fun and girly things to do in LA is to have Afternoon Tea at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena. The Langham is home to my absolute all time FAVORITE high tea service, which makes for the ultimate excuse to dress up and hang out with my gal pals. Dressing for tea is definitely a big part of the appeal because you can (and should) have so much fun with it!
HIP HIP HOORAY! It’s boot season babes!!! And it’s almost cold enough outside in LA to wear them without sweating! If there’s one thing I buy myself every single Fall without fail, it’s a new pair of boots. Or several… because, variety, duh. Sure I have 10 pairs of black booties, but they’re all very different you see, and they all serve their very specific purposes. But when it comes to the trendiest of boots this season, you really only need to invest in one kind of over the knee boot. I’m not going to stop you from stocking up on several, but you really do only need one solid pair. I bought these black OTK boots last year at Nordstrom, and I couldn’t wait to bust them out again this year. They’re made by Marc Fisher – who I think makes the best OTK boots for the price – they have a great heel height, they’re comfortable, they’re still in style, and I didn’t have to break the bank on them.
If I have one favorite thing in my closet right now it’s this silky soft duster from GM Studio. GM Studio is an LA based brand, they actually make everything in LA, and this duster has been the absolute best outerwear item to throw on while the weather in LA has been gently gliding into true Fall weather. It’s lightweight, the fabric is rich and it’s completely current and on trend. But really though the great thing about a duster like this is that it’s a piece that will never go out of style. I will always have use for a lightweight, comfortable, and neutral trench/duster.